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B.C. records 974 new cases of COVID-19 over the long weekend

Last Updated May 25, 2021 at 5:15 am PDT

FILE - Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Courtesy B.C. Government, Flickr) 

B.C.'s daily average drops to lowest point in six months

974 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded over the long weekend

Two-thirds have been recorded in Fraser Health region

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Monday’s COVID-19 numbers may be a hopeful sign of things to come, as the province records its lowest daily average in nearly six months.

British Columbia recorded a total of 974 new COVID-19 cases over the last three days; 356 new cases between Friday and Saturday, 325 new cases between Saturday and Sunday, and 293 between Sunday and Monday.

More than two-thirds of new cases were recorded in the Fraser Health region (630), while Vancouver Coastal Health recorded 157 new cases.

There are a total of 3,953 active cases in the province, with 292 people currently hospitalized. Of those in hospital, 96 people are in intensive care.

Twelve people have died over the last three days, for a total of 1,679 deaths in B.C.

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A joint statement from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix says, “On this holiday Monday, we are grateful for the determination and resolve British Columbians have shown. Their willingness to end this pandemic has been immeasurable.”

As they plan to announce the start of B.C.’s restart plan tomorrow, the statement says, “We encourage everyone to stay the course today. Until tomorrow’s announcement, there are no changes for individuals or businesses.”

“As we enjoy the final day of this long weekend, let’s remember to stay local and be kind to one another. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday Monday.”

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to clarify the time periods for the daily case counts.